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Today in Space History

Discover what happened in space history on a specific day!

January in space history

2 January 1959 - Luna 1, the First Spacecraft To Get Close to the Moon

3 January 2004 - Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit & Opportunity Land On Mars 

5 January 1972 - The Birth Of the Space Shuttle

28 January 1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

February in space history

6 February 2018 - SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon Heavy Test Flight

March in space history

1 March 1982 - Venera 13 Lands On Venus And Records First Sounds

5 March 1979 - Voyager 1 Jupiter Flyby

16 March 1926 - Robert Goddard Launches The First Liquid-Fueled Rocket

18 March 1965 - Alexey Leonov Becomes The First Human To Do A Spacewalk

29 March 1974 - Mariner 10 Completes the First Mercury Flyby

April in space history

1 April 1960 - First Weather Satellite Launched - TIROS 1

4 April 1968 - Apollo 6 Launches

8 April 2016 - SpaceX Falcon 9 Performs It's First Successful Droneship Landing

24 April 1990 - Hubble Space Telescope Launches

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September in space history

13 September - Luna 2, first man-made object lands on the Moon

15 September 1968 - USSR Completes First Unmanned Moon Orbit

19 September 1988 - Israel launches Ofeq-1

21 September 2003 - Galileo Spacecraft Burns Up In Jupiter's Atmosphere

24 September 1970 - Luna 16 Returns First Automatic Lunar Soil Sample

28 September 2008 - SpaceX Falcon 1 Becomes First Private Spacecraft To Reach Orbit

29 September 1945 - German Rocket Genius Wernher von Braun Arrives In The US

October in space history

1 October 1958 - NASA Starts Operations

4 October 1957 - Sputnik 1 Becomes the First Satellite

6 October 1995 - Discovery of The First Exoplanet Around a Sunlike Star

10 October 1960 - Soviets launch first Mars mission

11 October 1968 - Apollo 7 Launch

14 October 1947 - Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier

15 October 1997 - Cassini-Huygens Mission Launches for Saturn

24 October 1946 - V2 Rocket Takes First Photo of Earth From Space

27 October 1961 - Saturn I SA-1 Launch

28 October 1971 - The United Kingdom launches its Prospero satellite

29 October 1998 - John Glenn Becomes to Oldest Astronaut Ever (77) 

November in space history

3 November 1957 - Laika Becomes the First Animal Launched In Earth Orbit

12 November 2014 - Philae Successfully Lands on Comet 67P

14 November 1971 - Mariner 9 Becomes First Spacecraft to Orbit Mars

15 November 1988 - Soviet Space Shuttle Buran's Maiden Flight

17 November 1970 - Lunokhod 1 Becomes The First Lunar Rover

20 November 1998 - Zarya Launches, The First International Space Station Module

25 November 2015 - President Obama Signs the SPACE Act Into Law

27 November 1971 - Soviet Mars 2 Crash Lands on Mars' surface

December in space history

2 December 1971 - Mars 3 Sends First Image Of Mars Surface Back To Earth

3 December 2013 - SpaceX Launches Its First Satellite In Supersynchronous Orbit

4 December 1978 - The Pioneer Venus Orbiter Enters Venus Orbit

7 December 1995 - Galileo Completes First Jupiter Orbit

8 December 2010 - SpaceX Dragon Becomes First Commercially Built Spacecraft to Re-enter Atmosphere

14 December 1962 - Mariner 2 Completes First Successful Planetary Flyby of Venus

15 December 1970 - Venera 7 Lands on Venus

21 December 1968 - Apollo 8 Completes First Manned Moon Orbit

21 December 2015 - First Successful SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage Landing